Day in history for March 8, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Thomas Atkinson was named foreman of Rescue Hose Company, No. 4. Other officers are: Assistant foreman, Nicholas Newton; treasurer, Peter Frey, and secretary, Henry Rosenfield.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Athion Club gave a musical at the home of Mrs. J.F. Robinson for the benefit of the high school library.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Kiwanis Club voted support for the plan to erect a new city hall and levee through a bond issue.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The shortage of labor in the Quad-Cities is becoming steadily more critical and no quick solution is now in sight, Earl Woodring, manager of the Illinois employment office in Moline, said today. Government contract work in large volume has combined with normal production to soak up the supply of skilled workers and put a premium on their services.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island Police Benevolent Association's request for permission to have two pinball machines installed in the basement of the police station was denied by the city council. Pinball machines were legalized by the council Jan. 5 after being outlawed for 18 years. The association proposed to use the two pinball machines for the relaxation of policemen when off duty. City Manager Raymond Botch felt that the machines would not be good for public image since groups of students tour the facilities.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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